Written February 14, 2016
The "Tempest" was one of Shakespeare's most complex plays. The context of the play is the perception of the "New World" by Europe and England. The "New World" was a place of mystery, strange animals and plants,"noble natives", geography, and climates to Europeans. Shakespeare creates a mysterious and magical island of the "New World". From this context he creates a complex play with drama and humor, with love and revenge, and with slavery and freedom.
The "Tempest" the opera is a great opera containing many of Shakespeare's play, but the opera emphasizes some of the elements of the play and changes some of the actions. I like the opera for creating clearer images and outcomes than the play.
The opera the "Tempest " is a fine opera. Prospero was a great actor and singer in this latest production by the Met!
Written June 29, 2016
This was the first Opera in this setting I've seen and I highly rate this experience. It was so insightful and I left with such an understanding of the work. I cannot wait to experience another Opera in this format!! - Ben
Written May 27, 2016
An extraordinary show, and a special delight to have the composer conducting. Had seen it in
Santa Fe and liked that version better than this version--but the Prospero here made up for any concerns. Good casting, choreograpy...just a delight.
Written May 05, 2015
The music is incredibly moving, the cast is fabulous, the adaptation of the play is superb, and the stage production is wonderful. The performance was so evocative that it haunted me the next day. If you like opera, you will probably love this. I also love the intermission interviews with the stars--Debra Voight did the interviews for this performance.
Written May 31, 2016
A great new production from the Met, superbly directed, sung, staged. The music is modern but very beautiful and suited to the subject of Shakespeare's play. The libretto, compared to Shakespeare, was jingly and simpleminded--not successful in my opinion.
The Regal Carousel theater where I saw it has a superior sound system to two other theaters I have viewed Met HD in, one in Dewitt, one in NYC (the Ziegfeld).